TRUSS: a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network in the field of Structural Safety
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) are a prestigious scheme funded by the European Union which aims to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs), able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. A total 1161 proposals were evaluated as part of the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 call for a success rate of about 10.5 per cent. The School of Civil Engineering in University College Dublin (UCD) is coordinating one of the 121 successful ITN proposals, titled TRUSS (Training in Reducing Uncertainty in Structural Safety, http://TrussITN.eu). TRUSS is a 4 year project with an estimated budget of €3.7 million that started on the 1st January 2015. Close to 40 per cent of the total budget is shared among Irish beneficiaries.
TRUSS consortium consists of four leading European Universities (University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University ofNottingham, and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), and five industry beneficiaries (Ove Arup and Partners Ireland, Equipos Nucleares S.A., Full Scale Dynamic Testing Ltd, Lloyd’s Register EMEA and Phimeca Engineering) that share expertise to produce research and training at an advanced level.
Six additional industry partners (Burgmann Packings, COMSA, Crack Ingenieria Catalana, Greenwood Engineering, Microlise Ltd and URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Ltd) and one research institute (TRL – UK Transport Research Laboratory) provide specialised support in specific research projects.
The consortium has international (5 European countries), inter-sectoral (Buildings, bridges, road, nuclear, wind turbine and marine infrastructure) and multi-disciplinary dimensions (Teams include civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical and electronic engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and business and marketing managers). They cover advanced sensor-based structural health monitoring solutions (i.e., unmanned aerial vehicles, optical backscatter reflectometry, monitoring sensors mounted on vehicles traversing the infrastructure, etc.) and innovative algorithms for structural designs and short- and long-term assessments of infrastructure that support operators and owners in managing their assets.